Armbrae Dialogue at King’s will examine The Nature of Truth

Armbrae Dialogue at King’s will examine The Nature of Truth

Duncan McCue, host of CBC’s Cross Country Checkup, will deliver the keynote address at the Armbrae Dialogue.

King’s will host a slate of esteemed speakers and a group of inquisitive high schoolers at the 2018 Armbrae Dialogue at King’s on Nov. 14 and 15.

The two-day symposium, designed by Armbrae Academy history teacher and King’s alumnus John Stone, BA(Hons)’65, brings people together to discuss a contemporary, pressing topic. This year’s topic is The Nature of Truth.

“The print, electronic and digital media are essential, key conduits for information and knowledge in democratic societies,” said John. “It is critical that young people understand the nature of truth, to have the skill to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to have attitudes that incline them to seek both.”

The Armbrae Dialogue began in 2007 as a collaboration between King’s and Armbrae Academy of Halifax. Though primarily designed for senior students at Armbrae Academy, teachers in other independent and public schools send students who have a keen interest in the chosen topic. Thus, it’s a coming together of high schoolers from across the HRM, and this year, three of the events are also public and open to anyone who wishes to attend:

  1. Nov. 14, 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Skype interview and Q&A with BBC investigative journalist, Aliaume Leroy, a member of the team that pursued the truth (the facts) as shown in Anatomy of a Killing. Leroy will talk about investigative journalism and the personal, emotional investment it requires.
  2. Nov. 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Broadcast journalist, author and King’s journalism professor Pauline Dakin will share the incredible story of her early life as told in her recent book, Run, Hide Repeat, “a memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace.”
  3. Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.: Keynote addressTruth as Perception: Memory, Memoir and Heart Knowledge. Journalist, author and King’s alumnus Duncan McCue will discuss truth as perception, using his coming-of-age memoir The Shoe Boy as a leaping off point to consider Anishinaabe teachings of debwewin (loosely translated as “truth,” literally translated as “sound of the heart”).

All events happen in Alumni Hall at King’s, 6350 Coburg Rd., Halifax.

“It has been very gratifying to have established professionals lend their support so willingly…each of them brings great substance to the program,” said John. “The diversity of their professional experiences is second to none. Those experiences are deeply rooted in a commitment to truth, a commitment which does immeasurable service for all of us.”

Journalism Professor Pauline Dakin will share the story of her recent book Run, Hide Repeat.

Starting with the Foundation Year Program—King’s flagship first-year program in which students study fundamental texts from the ancient to contemporary world—King’s students are educated to become thinkers, communicators and engaged citizens. King’s School of Journalism combines that broad education with the truth-seeking and story-telling skills of journalism.

King’s President William Lahey sees a natural affinity between King’s and the objectives of the Armbrae Dialogue at King’s. “It approaches learning as we do at King’s, by both challenging and supporting students to be guided by their intellectual curiosity and their desire to understand the world in which they live and will make a difference,” he said. “In that sense, the fit between King’s and all the schools who participate in the Dialogue is quite natural.”

Each year, the students who come to Armbrae Dialogue go back to their schools enriched with new ideas and insights. This year, with the three public events on offer, King’s and Armbrae extend the experience to anyone in the wider community interested in attending.

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